Can you believe our Bulldogs are a No. 4 seed? After destroying BYU by 20 points to capture the WCC AGAIN, the computers and the basketball experts put them at No. 4 in the West. Who’s our first victim? NORTH CAROLINA! A No. 13 seed, no wait…it’s University of North Carolina at Greensboro…whew! But guess what? The real North Carolina is in our bracket! They are the No. 2 seed. So, we could exact revenge from our championship game loss to NC last year. Wouldn’t that be awesome? Don’t miss the game, though. As we all know, anything can happen! It’s on Thursday, March 15, at 10:30 AM Pacific time.
No matter what, a one-loss-and-out tournament puts a lot of pressure on those kids. Sometimes they make it sound like life and death, but we as men know the real pressure of living in this fallen world. Holding down a job, managing a family, paying the bills, and dealing with sickness, for example, are much more stressful than a basketball game. To illustrate, what was the score of last year’s game with NC State? Now, how about the birthday of your kids, your wife, your brothers and sisters? Simple to see what’s important to us.
Gentlemen, we are not college basketball players but we are sons, dads, brothers, and members of Jesus’ church. When the stresses of life weigh upon us, where do we turn? We turn to those ancient words of the Bible. One of my favorite scriptures is Philippians 4:6-7, which emphatically states, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Imagine being able to have peace about any situation! That’s what God promises us if we take our request to him. All the basketball players in the NCAA tournament would do well to heed this scripture as they prepare for play this week.